Sweet Four O'Clock

Mirabilis longiflora

[mirabilis_longiflora]

Thomas Jefferson was sent seed of the "Sweet-scented Marvel of Peru" by Bernard McMahon in 1812. A native of the arid regions of the southwest and Mexico, the Sweet Four O'clock is an intriguing and unusual cousin of the more familiar South American Four O'clock, Mirabilis jalapa, and is as rare in gardens today as it was in 1812. It forms long, three- to four-inch, tubular white and purple flowers that produce a distinctively sweet perfume.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): white Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Winding Walk Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.00978,-78.45295

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Blooming Dates 2003: Aug 14 – Oct 242004: Jul 19 – Oct 262005: Jul 28 – Oct 102006: Jul 20 – Oct 202007: Jun 25 – Oct 122008: Jun 24 – Oct 312009: Jul 10 – Oct 62011: Jun 28 – Sep 292012: Jun 30 – Oct 242013: Jun 6 – Oct 30